Preparedness Tips

Be Informed. Make a Plan. Build a Kit.

The City of Irving is prepared

Irving is prepared to respond to any type of emergency that could occur in the city including those that result from seismic activity. “The city conducts multiple exercises each year that test the plans and procedures it has in place to respond to all hazards,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Jason Carriere.

What should you do during an earthquake?

Protect Yourself During Earthquakes

DROP - DROP down to the floor.

COVER - Take COVER under a sturdy piece of furniture. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.

HOLD - If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it. HOLD the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

Tips to Protect Yourself During an Earthquake

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  • If you’re in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, and you are not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Do not use the elevators.
  • If you’re OUTDOORS, move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.
  • If you’re on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, and other debris.
  • If you’re DRIVING, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • If you’re in a CROWDED STORE, do not rush for exits. Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.
  • If you’re in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove, and overhead cupboards.
  • If you’re in a STADIUM or THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over. Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.
  • If you’re in a WHEELCHAIR, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms. View more earthquake safety tips (PDF) for people with disabilities and other access or functional needs.

How to prepare your home and family before an earthquake occurs

  • Assemble an emergency kit.
    • Include enough nonperishable food and bottled water for up to three days, a flashlight, a first aid kit, pet food, important documents, a battery-powered radio. Click on the picture for a full list of items.
  • Make a family communications plan.
    • What would you do if you were separated? Where would you meet? Who would you contact? It is important for your family to know how to reach one another during an emergency. For more information, visit
  • Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
    • Fasten shelves securely to walls.
    • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
    • Store weed killers, pesticides and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
    • View more information on finding earthquake hazards in your home.
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